He broke Mondo Duplantis' age-group pole vault records as a kid but now hurdles.
A nice profile reveals she's 95% deaf in one ear due to a tumor and that a British millionaire helps fund her and he's promised her she can drive his Bentley.
*Lyles admits he watches lots of tape of Sha'Carri Richardson I"’ve been watching a lot of runners, especially like Sha’Carri [Richardson], and it’s more like getting yourself into positions to run fast."
*Lyles on his black glove salute last year: "As athletes it’s hard to show that you love your country and also say that change is needed. [That was] my way of saying this country is great but it can be better."
"I vividly remember watching the like of Clayton Murphy, Matt Centrowitz and Mo Farah compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics. To think today that I’m racing against Clayton is pretty crazy.”
Many docs thought Allred, who was one of the op xc runners in the country as a junior in HS, was a total head case. A strange diagnosis for someone who started a podcast at 14, published a book at 16 and has a youtube channel with 10k subscribers. More on him here. Or read his own writing about his surgery hell here.
Hall thinks she despite becoming a parent, not because of it, but says she was willing to give up running to be a mom. "I see a correlation where my kids feel empowered to go after their dreams. Before kids, I struggled with not always seeing the positive impact of my running on others. It feels really self-centered. The upside now is that I don’t have as much of a conflict with that. I see the positive effects in real time.”
And he seemingly has much more in the tank as he just cracked 80 mpw for the 1st time.
"After a bit of a bumpy year, I’ve had a great few months of training and am in good form!"
Normally that would be a disappointment but she had surgery in May to remove damaged tissue in both of her Achilles.
Kieffer dropped out of one of the first workouts they did together and McColgan made her go back to the track from the parking lot and finish.
He grew up in a rough environment in Florida surrounded by gang violence but his mom who worked from 7pm - 7 am and a track coach helped keep him out of too much trouble until he was able to escape to Baylor for college. "For this season, I did what we wanted to which was to come and run fast...I don’t want to say I’m going to run nine-point-something, I just want to keep inspiring people. If I do that, it will be more than I’ve ever dreamed of.”
Thornley talks about how the first time he spectated Western States was by accident when he and his brother were kids and camping out next to a creek along the trail.
The former Montana legend, who ran 2:04 and 4:08 and was valedictorian as a prep, is hoping to help the Stanford women to an NCAA xc title this fall.
Inspired by Naoko Takahashi's 2000 Olympic marathon gold, she took up the sport and became a teen phenom but quit at age 25 after finishing 5th at Worlds. She's been drawn back as she likes to shop and wanted to buy a bag. Now she's hoping to medal in front of the home fans.
He seems to have Graves disease under control and is optimistic he can win a third Olympic medal in 2020 after finishing 5th at Worlds this year.
On what she'll miss most: "I think there’s this wonderful state of bliss and fatigue that is unlike anything when you’re in hard training. It’s almost this serene state that you get—almost zen—where you’re so tired, but it’s a happy tired."
"He nearly died as a competitive runner because he ran so hard. Did his competitive fire lead him to step over the edge of antidoping rules?"
Moen also goes into some interesting specifics on his training and progression as a distance runner.
"This sport can be lonely, but that’s not always a bad thing. Don’t get me wrong: when I’m training at altitude in Sestriere, Italy, barely speaking to anyone but my coach for months on end, you do question yourself just a little."